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post #21 of 24 Old 04-08-2010, 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted by kathryn View Post
When a horse does good and you give them a pat on the neck or shoulder, do most horses actually know that you are praising them? I was just wondering cause I always pat after anything good my horse does, and I don't plan on stopping, but I was just wondering if they know that means they did good?
I think most horses at least know that they've done something good or right.
I gently pat/stroke my horse and praise her verbally when she does good on the ground, and I do the same when riding her. I use my voice, stroke/rub her withers, and relase pressure as rewards when we are working, sometimes all three at once. Works for us!

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post #22 of 24 Old 04-12-2010, 10:56 PM
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I have always wondered that lol
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post #23 of 24 Old 04-12-2010, 11:02 PM
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i always verbally praise my horse when she is giving me her best when we are trying a movement or something, i dont usually pat her or rub her, but she jst melts and relaxes and trys 3x harder when i praise her in a nice voice, haha if i wanted to i could say "your such a stupid horse" but as long as its in a nice soft voice it is reconized as a praise :P i usually say good girl though haha

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post #24 of 24 Old 04-12-2010, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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My trainer actually got on me today to praise Bailey more, cause he is trying really hard.

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